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yes on prop 24. it's time to give us a break... not the big corporations. tonight on "world news" saving lives, big news about mammograms that could change what young american women decide. seeing the blast. fbi shows what the times square bomber wanted to do. spying casualty, a college roommate make ace secret sex recording. a promising boy commits suicide. the hidden crisis of geeing gay and taunted. choosing faith. one half of americans p change their religion. of the president talks about the moment he chose. and ron claiborne goes home to oakland, california, and finds an idea making the difference in a lot of lives. good evening. big news for american women who
are so confused and maddened by all of those conflicting instructions on mammograms. less than a year ago, you'll remember a government panel say women do not need regular mammograms until the age of 50. well, now, today, a major news study says mammograms in your 40s, can dramatically save lives from breast cancer. and dr. richard besser is here with guidance tonight, rich. >> that's right. we sent today's study to 24 doctors and specialists around the country. 21 said they tell patients to get regular mammograms and today's findings confirm their approach. it's a mammoth study following 1 million swedish women. for 20 years, researchers found women between the ages of 40 and 49 offered mammograms at least every two year, had a 26% less chance of dying from breast cancer than those who didn't have screening. that means, screen 1200 women,
you save one life. >> start at the age of 40 you have a much better chance of picking up cancer early. i think that's the main bottom line. >> reporter: today's study flies in the face of controversial government recommendations last year when a panel found mammograms for women under 50 should be an individual decision rather than a general recommendation. their concerns, that the harm might outweigh good. like unneeded anxiety. overexposure to radiation and costly unnecessary procedures. the recommendation didn't make mammograms the personal decision, it gave insurance companies the option not to cover them and was met by a firestorm. >> i am shocked by these guidelines. if i hadn't had a mammogram at age 40 i wouldn't be here today. >> that ten years is a huge different. it's important when they make these recommendations, they don't realize the affect it has on families. >> what do women do? >> as i said in the beginning, 21 out of 24 doctors we contacted already recommended to women in their 40s. i know it drives you crazy, i
think every woman who is 40 needs to sit down with their doctor and have the conversation, and really ask, why shouldn't i have the ma'am mow gram. that's the question. >> every two years in your 40s? >> every two years. >> tell me about the government panel. will they reverse their decision and say go get them in your 40s? >> i phoned the woman who ran that last year. they said they routinely look at these, but with compelling data they look at it right now. >> they may consider? >> she didn't say that but have the ability to do so. >> doctor richard besser, reporting on the big story tonight. up next we look at the sobering look of what might have been. the fbi taped a blast like the one the times square bomber hoped to detonate but failed. and pierre thomas is with us, and he has the tape. >> reporter: this is what faisal shahzad nad mind for a busy saturday night in times square
this car bomb based on the design shahzad obtained from the taliban was detonated in june in a field in pennsylvania. authorities who revealed the tape, summed it up in one word, devastating. sources familiar with the results of the test tell abc news, it's unlikely the result of the blast would have taken down any building, it would have killed dozens of people, perhaps more than 100. investigators believe glass and twisted metal shooting out from the car bomb would have formed a spray of deadly shrapnel. shahzad was today portrayed as cold blooded and calculating. court documents say he was regularly in contact with the pakistan tal began ban , exchanging information about the bomb he was building. the people in times square were lucky shahzad was incompetent. used the wrong bomb making material and faulty detonators. today we learned he was to set off another bomb if he got away with the first one but don't know where.
>> pierre thomas, thank you for reporting tonight. we just got a fascinating new portrait of who we are in america, how we've changed our daily lives in this recession, everything from marriage to moving. numbers from the census bureau and stories behind them from sharyn alfonsi. >> reporter: the american dream of a home and family to fill it, just one of the casualties of the recession. the number of married couples, now at a record low. and more young people say they're now putting off marriage until they feel more financially secure. >> i delayed my wedding because i was laid off twice in one year. we put the wedding off three sometimes. >> reporter: setting off a chain reaction with far reaching implications. single people are less likely to buy homes, to have kids, to save. >> i think it may take many years for children and families to really recover from this. >> reporter: and remember a decade ago, when americans were criss-crossing the country, following new opportunities. well, today, we're not going anywhere.
the number of people staying put is up. peter vuli told me he wants to move, but can't sell his home. so you feel stuck? >> basically, yes. >> reporter: but we're getting smarter. the number of us holding college degrees is up. students told us they're staying in school, hoping to ride out the recession. >> two years out or three years out from when i last searched, maybe that job market has opened up a little bit. >> reporter: but perhaps most telling, this. more americans rely on food stamps than ever before. more than 11 million people. one in every ten families now people like cylde hardin, who spoke to us from georgia by skype. he lost his job last year. >> i've worked my whole life. now i can't do anything for my family. >> reporter: hardin has two daughters. >> you don't know what it's like to say, "i'm sorry, we can't afford it, i'm sorry we can't buy the school picture, because i don't have money." you doesn't know what it's like to tell a little girl that. >> reporter: those pictures, a
pore train of a family, praying next year might be a little better. sharyn alfonsi, abc news, new york. and as we head toward the elections in november. as you know, illegal immigration is an issue simmering throughout the country. and tonight it's front and center in the california governor's race. a former house keeper for republican candidate meg whitman of ebay fame. sought out the cameras today, and she said whitman knew she was working illegally and did nothing about it. this afternoon whitman answered. here's david wright. >> reporter: just last night in a tv debate against democrat jerry brown, meg whitman hit the immigration issue hard. >> we do have to hold employers accountable for hiring only documented workers. >> reporter: today's whitman's former house keeper and nanny for nine years, took center stage in the campaign, revealing she's an illegal immigrant. >> i feel like she has thrown me away like a piece of garbage.
>> reporter: nikki diaz said whitman abruptly fired her after she announced her candidacy. >> i was very upset. i said no, you know me. >> reporter: in a state where latinos make up 20% of likely voters, illegal immigration is an especially tricky issue. so this was nothing short of a political bombshell. the whitman campaign said the can dade fired diaz, the minute diaz told her she wasn't allowed to work. the campaign released documents, including a social security card. driver's license and w-4 form with status of permanent resident. today gloria allred insisted she can prove whitman knew for at least six years those documents were false. >> it was miss whitman, engaging in her own form of don't ask, don't tell. >> reporter: in an interview
with george stephanopoulos airing tomorrow on "good morning america" whitman called this politics as usual. >> i felt terribly for nikki. she's in some real trouble here. i'm very sorry for her. >> reporter: but it could still hurt her chances to be governor. david wright, abc new, los angeles. after going through emotional wrangling, the house passed a bill that would provide more than $7 billion to worker whose got sick cleaning up ground zero after 9/11. you might remember the electrifying moment when the bill was up for debate last summer and new york congressman anthony wiener went into a furious rant aimed for opponents for holding up the bill. >> it's republicans wrapping their arms around republicans rather than doing the right thing on behalf of heroes. it is a shame. a shame. >> and he got action. the senate is expected to take up the bill after the election. and there was a human tragedy that we heard about today, which has an important lesson for all of us and our children. a young boy with a violin,
leaving behind the message about kids and callousness and wounds we cannot see. lindsay davis has the story. >> reporter: at rutgers university, freshman dharun robby had an idea to be a peeping tom. he used a webcam to spy on his roommate. what he saw, he of broadcast live across the internet. his roommate was having a sexual encounter with a male student. he tweeted roommate asked for the room until midnight. i went into molly's room. and turned on my webcam. i saw him making out with a dude. yay. his roommate an accomplished violinist, 18-year-old tyler clementi, an accomplished violinist. the invasion proved to be too much for him. he went to a new york city bridge after learning of the incident and ended his life. a recent study found that nine out of ten gay kids are harassed and that gay kids are
four times more likely than straight kids to commit suicide. >> reporter: earlier this week in houston, texas, the parents of asher brown pointed a gun at his head and committed suicide after being a victim of bullying. he was just 13 years old. >> reporter: writer dan savage posted a youtube channel where gay teens with turn to, saying no matter how bad it is, it gets better. >> if you are bullied, it will get better. >> reporter: this support comes too late for clementi's family. late this afternoon, they released this statement. the family is heart broken beyond words. authorities arrested ravi and molly for transmitting sexual content without this consent. they have not commented but face up to five years in prison. lindsay davis, abc news, new york. and you can hear more about dan savage's project. it gets better, in today's
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it turns out a huge number of americans choose their faith in america when they get older. one of them president obama who has now spoken out about his christianity. and it started off wondering about religion and choice. and dan harris looked into it today. >> they were, perhaps, his most extensive comments as president about his faith. >> i'm a christian by choice. my mother was one from the most spiritual people i knew but she didn't raise me in the church. >> reporter: barack obama has said that he first became interested in christianity when he worked as community organizer in chicago alongside black pastors. >> i came to my christian faith later in life. and it was because the precepts of jesus christ spoke to me in terms of the kind of life that i would want to lead.
being my brothers' and sisters' keeper, treating others as they would treat me. >> reporter: in 1988, at age 26, he walked down the aisle at the reverend jeremiah wright's church, and was baptized, a scene he describes in his book, "the audacity of hope." >> kneeling beneath that cross on the south side of chicago, i felt i heard god's spirit beckoning me. mr. obama fits into a larger trend playing out in the country right now, adults changing their religion. one poll says nearly half of all americans have changed out of the faith in which they were brought up. >> there's an extraordinary amount of churn when it comes to religion in the united states. the thing to keep in mind, every religion is simultaneously gaining members and losing members. >> reporter: church leaders say people, like obama, who choose to become christian as an adult, take it more seriously. >> in some ways, it's a more authentic kind of thing. i mean, it was something that he
thought about. the christian faith was meaningful to him, spoke to a need in his life. and he made the decision to become part of the community. >> reporter: some have questioned the president for his comments and recently going to church for the seventh time in his presidency but defenders said his faith is real. and his conversion, part of america's dynamic religious landscape. dan harris abc news new york. next up, the man who turned bonnie and cylde into glamourous and terrifying icons. this year, like always, we'll have our guaranteed benefits, and with the new healthcare law, more good things are coming: free check-ups, lower prescription costs, and better ways to protect us and medicare from fraud. see what else is new. i think you're gonna like it. ♪
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up and down the east coast tonight, people are keeping a close eye on what was tropical storm nicole. it started pouring in florida today, after nicole caused heavy damage in jamaica. and now the storm is heading up the coast with 40-mile-per-hour winds and torrential rain. it could bring flooding from the mid-atlantic states up through new england over the next couple days. and you remember that white knuckle moment we showed monday. the delta flight landing on half its wings at new york's jfk airport, landing gore broken, passengers bracing for impact, sparks flying as the wings scraped the runway. today the pilot who made that miraculous landing, captain jack conroyd spoke. i i want to thank the passengers who remained calm during the entire process and proved, once
again, that new yorkers are a special breed of people. >> by the way, he's an ex-navy pilot. >> and the man who brought romeo and juliet to the screen has died. arthur penn, who directed "bonnie and cylde" 1967, warren beatty and faye dunaway. penn said he hadn't wanted to make a film about gangster, but gave in calling it a commentary an called it brutal anarchy of the depression. penn was 88. and coming up, ron claiborne takes us to his american town, his home town, where they're creating job was a modern idea. home town.
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"world news" have been taking you across the country, back to our home towns to find innovative ideas that really make a difference and help americans find work. we started in syracuse with retraining workers for computer jobs. then louisville where neighbors, government and businesses are linking arms. tonight ron claiborne takes us to california where unemployment is three times the national average and the future offers the way out. >> reporter: growing up in oakland, this was home. my mother and neighbors kept manicured gardens and my brother keith and i played. this is the hometown i came back to, now 50 years later. i remember going to movies at the grand lake theater. the thrill i got from one of the first movies i ever saw, "the seventh voyage of sinbad." but a lot has changed since i was here in the 50's. around the corner up here was a hamburger stand. look, right here, see this? this was here for years and years.
must have just closed down. ocie henderson was my best friend growing up, he says the idyllic oakland i knew began to fade in the 1960's. then, after that, the businesses started moving out. already trapped in a long decline, the latest recession hammered oakland, in just three years, unemployment surged to more than 17 percent. on my old street, i met michael elliot, an out of work auto mechanic. at age 45, he had to move back in with his parents. >> it seems like it's really bad. if i didn't have my parents to fall back on, i would probably be homeless. >> reporter: things are even worse in east oakland, the epicenter of misery. in this mostly black and latino neighborhood, violent crime is so bad, it is nicknamed the "killer corridor." >> you don't have a whole lot of positive things going on. >> reporter: it's here, at the east oakland youth development center that regina jackson tries to hold back the tide of despair. what's the economic situation right here in oakland, 2010?
>> it's devastating. and in east oakland, it's magnified. >> reporter: unemployment here is 27%, nearly 3 times the national average. >> we're pretty much full. >> reporter: which explains why the job training they do here are overflowing. and not just theirs. the oakland green jobs corp trains locals for construction jobs in the emerging green market. everything from basic carpentry to solar panel installation. to a grueling exercise regimen so they'll be strong enough for the physical rigors of the construction trade. and when they're done, they really do get jobs. >> we're battling about 75% of the total graduating class. >> reporter: in this economy? >> in this economy. >> reporter: mary vanek graduated last year. she is now helping build a hospital outside of san francisco. how much were you making in a good week, before? >> no more than $200 at the max. >> reporter: with five kids? >> with five kids.
>> reporter: and now? >> making anywhere from $700 to $1000, if not more. >> reporter: before angela davis went through the green jobs training, she was homeless. now she's installing energy-efficient windows in homes, and she has a home of her own. >> i'm able to pay my rent. i'm able to buy food. >> reporter: feels good, huh? >> it's feels amazing. >> reporter: a success story in a city, my hometown, where, for so many, hope is as hard to find as work. ron claiborne, abc news, oakland, california. and we really hope you'll go online and tell us what's working in your home town. we'll be back tomorrow night. see you then. did meg whitman knowingly employ an illegal housekeeper? how will voters react at polls? >> neighborhood child care and california budget deadlocked. 2500 children staying home to drive home a point.
>> and a follow up to a shooting of a 6-year-old girl. >> and a bay area charity plan plants the roots of peace in afghanistan. pennies that paid for the new school. >> i told her she knew that. i don't have papers to work here. and i need her help. a former housekeeper for meg whitman tearfully leveling charge that's could prove to be a major set back to whitman's bid to become california's bid to become next governor. >> meg whitman is suddenly in the middle of a controversy. >> accused of knowingly hiring an illegal immigrant to work as her house keep year mark matthews is here with allegations and response from both candidates. >> turns out to be an october surprise. meg whitman's former housekeeper alleging whitman